We all know that walking is very good for you. By changing a few small things, you can turn walking into a real workout. Let’s quicken your heartbeat with these simple, but effective tips!
You don’t burn more calories by walking faster. It’s the changing pace that increases calorie burn, a study shows. If you change your pace several times, your metabolism will work faster and the calorie burn will go faster than if you keep walking at a fixed pace. Moreover, it turns out that we walk faster when we cover a longer distance. Try a longer interval walk of more than 40 minutes once a week.
If you do the same round every day or go for a walk at the same time every day, you’re more likely to last longer. That way you make sure it’s part of your routine. Extra motivation: walking burns about 4 calories per minute, so if you manage to walk for at least 15-20 minutes a day as part of your existing routine, you can lose half a pound in 8 weeks. And by jogging for a few minutes in between, you even double the calorie burn.
When you walk uphill, you burn 30% more calories on average. In addition, you also train your hamstrings and glutes, so it’s a win-win situation. To ensure that your joints don’t hurt when walking uphill, it’s smart to take smaller steps. This will reduce the impact on your joints and help you maintain your balance.
4. Take the stairs
By choosing a route that takes you along several stairs, you also ensure that you turn your walk into a workout. By walking for about 10 minutes every day, you have already burned that chocolate bar from this afternoon. Note: by taking 2 steps at the same time, you also train your buttocks and thigh muscles.
By stopping 1 or 2 times in between for a few bodyweight exercises, you increase calorie burn and increase your metabolism, so you burn even more calories while resting. Think of walking lunges and push-ups.
6. Use a smartwatch
By wearing a smartwatch, you can set certain goals for yourself. This encourages you. When you’re too tired to take another step, but you’re almost at your goal, you keep going and want to reach your goal. You give up less quickly if you use a smartwatch.
7. Find a buddy
If you can use some extra motivation, it’s wise to find a hiking buddy. You can encourage each other to go for a walk and you have distractions so that you can continue walking longer. Just make sure you both take it seriously, the better and longer you last.
Love, Skye Lewis/Deem ❤
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